St. Mike's Matters - Thursday Notes

January 4, 2018 Issue #14

Dear St. Michael Families,


Welcome back and blessings for the new year! I hope that you and your children enjoyed a fun, restful, and faith-filled Christmas break together as a family. This return back to school in January is such a special time of renewal, where the students are recharged and ready to recommit to doing their very best in their studies. Thank you for helping your children through their morning school-day routines once again so that they are best prepared for their time in the classroom. As a parent told me this week, in some cases it is much easier for the children to readjust to getting up for school than the parents. If you can relate to this sentiment then hang in there!


As we enter this new year, please ensure that you have submitted your new, 2018 Sacrificial Giving Pledge Cards. I will be starting the process of working with the parish to ensure that all families receiving the Partner in the Mission Tuition rate have submitted their pledge cards. Please know that your sacrificial giving truly has a profound impact on our parish ministries, including our school. Thank you for the depth of your stewardship to our church and school!


I am thrilled to announce that our S.M.A.R.T. Gala will proceed as planned on May 5th at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club! It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that I am able to introduce Greg and Vicky Byrd as our chairs for the 2018 S.M.A.R.T Gala. The Byrds are the parents of Madelyn (3rd grade) and Abigail (1st grade), and Vicky serves on our School Commission. Please thank them for their leadership. A strong team of parents is the key to a successful auction and a fun, community-building experience. So, please join our auction committee to assist in the parent leadership of the auction. Stay tuned and keep reading Thursday Notes to learn how you can help the school by sharing your time and talents to help prepare for the gala.


The good news continues regarding parent leadership of the gala. Brent and Sandra Quebedeaux have stepped forward to chair the 2019 S.M.A.R.T. Gala! The Quebedeauxs are the parents of Colin (Kindergarten) and, as you know, Mrs. Quebedeaux is our 2nd grade teacher. We are so fortunate that they will be leading next year’s gala, which marks our 30th anniversary of the S.M.A.R.T. auction!


The tuition assistance deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is tomorrow. All families who request tuition assistance for the 2018-2019 school year are invited to apply for tuition assistance through the Fulcrum Foundation. The application can be accessed at https://online.factsmgt.com/aid and the application window closes tomorrow January 5, 2018. Please take the time to apply as soon as possible. Both Fulcrum and St. Michael Parish School use the same application process and timeline. By applying to Fulcrum, you are also applying for tuition assistance through our school’s endowment. Tuition assistance will only be granted for next school year by completing this application process.


Blessings,


Connor Geraghty

Principal

Calendar for the week

Thursday - 01/04 - Boys Basketball vs CCA @ 3:30 PM

Friday - 01/05 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

Monday - 01/08 - MMO @ 8:30 AM

Tuesday - 01/09 - Boys Basketball @ McCleary @ 3:30 PM

Thursday - 01/11 - Boys Basketball vs CCS @ 3:30 PM

Friday - 01/12 - All School Mass @ 9:00 AM

The deadline for Fulcrum Foundation Tuition Assistance for 2018-2019 is tomorrow!

If you plan to apply for tuition assistance for the next school year, please note that the application deadline is tomorrow, January 5th.

S.M.A.R.T. Auction News!

Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab - January 22nd MMO - Get those procurement forms in! Our next dollar jump/nickel grab will be at the January 22nd MMO. Every item you procure/donate will earn your child an entry into the dollar jump/nickel grab! Procurement forms were sent home in November but can also be found in the wall rack in the entry way or in the office.


We still need wine donations valued at $15 or more! Wine donations are included as entries for the Dollar Jump/Nickel Grab.


Join our S.M.A.R.T. Facebook page!

Get the latest news and stewardship opportunities by joining our S.M.A.R.T. Facebook page!


Just search for "St. Michael Parish School S.M.A.R.T. Auction"


Amazon Wishlist

Shop off of our Amazon Wishlist for an easy and quick way to meet your $150 procurement requirement.


Wish List Link: http://a.co/2ICt9DI

Attention current families with prospective Pre-K and Kindergarten students!

Do you have have a child that will be entering Pre-K or Kindergarten next fall? If so, please call the office and let us know. We are creating our list of Pre-K and Kindergarten siblings for the 2018-2019 school year.


Do you know of any outside families who are planning on having their children attend St. Mike's? Please invite them to our Open House and New Family Registration!


2018-2019 Open House and New Student Registration - Sunday, January 28th - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

St. Mikes Girl's Basketball

Girl's basketball begins after school Tuesday, January 23rd. Be sure to have a current sports medical clearance (the form is good for two years) from your doctor.


I also need two volunteers to help with the clock and the official book during games. Please let me know if you are interested. Great for school stewardship hours!


Practice times: Mondays 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM

Tuesdays - Fridays 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM


Permission slips and game schedules will be handed out at practice.


Thanks, Coach Graver

Catholic Schools Week in coming! January 28th - February 3rd

Catholic Schools Week is coming! Stay tuned for the special calendar of events in next week's Thursday Notes.

Notes from the Health Room

Hello St. Mike’s families!


A few reminders, so that we are able to keep our students, staff and families as healthy as possible during “flu season”. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! ~ Jenevie Llanes, RN, (360) 754-5131


Fever: If a student has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, parents need to keep their children home. If they have 100 degrees or more fever at school, parents will be called to come pick up their child. Students need to be fever & medication free for 24 hours before returning to school. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and other similar medications will bring a fever down, but it does not mean that the child is still not sick. Often, temperature rises during the day. A slight fever in the morning will get much higher by noon. At times, with a borderline temperature (99-100), kids might feel quite ill. Use your judgment about sending them when their fever is less than 100.


Vomiting and diarrhea: Keep them home! Vomiting and diarrhea are not considered “normal”. Often, children will feel better after vomiting, but will quickly become ill again.

Keep them home until they are vomit/diarrhea free for 24hrs.


Keeping healthy: Let’s face it, we live in a germy world, but our bodies are ready to help us fight if you give it what it needs. Here are some tips on ways to keep your immune system ready to defend you:


  • HAND WASHING!! Hand washing is vital in keeping healthy and preventing the spread of germs.
  • Adequate amounts of sleep: the Mayo Clinic recommends 9-11 hours of sleep for school age students! Are your students getting the sleep they need?
  • Balanced meals/nutrition, fresh fruits and vegetables help our body defend by giving them the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs.
  • Keeping sick children home when they are ill, will prevent others from becoming ill.
  • Physical activity: the CDC recommends 1 hour of physical activity for students aged 6-17 years.

Try it Friday!

Another installment of "Try it Friday" is set for tomorrow's lunch. The "Try it Friday" menu item for tomorrow is cheesy broccoli bites. Yum!

School Commission Corner

The St. Michael School Commission is consultative and advisory in nature. Members meet once a month to advise and support Mr. Geraghty and Fr. Jim as they (Mr. Geraghty and Fr. Jim) form school policies to support the ongoing growth of our parish school. The St. Michael School Commission collaborates with the Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council and has liaisons from these councils attending the meetings.


Last evening, the St. Michael School Commission held their fourth meeting of the year. The meeting focused on the following topics:


  • A principal’s report featuring highlights and updates from around the school (including school finance, enrollment, and input gathering regarding the S.M.A.R.T. Gala).
  • Discussion of the draft calendar for Catholic Schools Week (finalized calendar to be published next week).
  • Review of a Parish Tuition Task Force Charter. In alignment with our parish strategic plan, this task force is forming to create a detailed work plan and timeline to determine how to fully fund St. Michael Parish School for parishioners who desire it for their children.

Don't throw away those stamps!

Sisters of the Holy Cross use the money raised from the stamps to benefit their Ministry With the Poor fund. Stamps should be trimmed with a 1/4"-1/2" border. Do not try to remove them from the envelopes - just cut off the address information. A tub for the stamps is located outside of the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. Stamps will be collected through January 31st.